“Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.” – President Barack Obama
This past weekend, I began an attempt to organize my office. I began recycling junk mail and creating a pile of papers I wanted to keep. But like all my other “attempts” tend to go, I got distracted when I found one of my old journals in the desk drawer.
I gladly picked it up and began to skim the pages. A bright red sticker with the words “I Voted” jumped out at me. There was a piece of blue construction paper glued onto the page with a folded up newspaper article tucked underneath. I slid out the article before I began reading the words I had written in 2008. (more…)
It’s because of our Stella Bella’s passion for travel and friendship that the three of us have been able to share adventures, laughs, meals and memories together over the last two years. She’s constantly inspiring us to be the best versions of ourselves and is always the first to start planning our next adventure together.
Today, on her 30th birthday, we cheers to everything Stella. From her intelligence to her sassy side, her love of food to her Harry Potter obsession, we wouldn’t be who we are without her gift of friendship.
Happy Birthday, dear friend. You are the spine that holds our book of friendship together.
-AA & KG
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These look fairly simple to put my own spin on! First stop: Yarn Store. Cheers to the weekend!
Olympia Coffee Roasting Co // Stella: I mean, it’s not a surprise my favorite thing this Friday is coffee. I have been slowly transitioning from one cup a day to two cups. Luckily, my coffee maker (aka husband) makes the all important first cup. But for my second cup, I have been turning to Oly Coffee. They focus on small batches of quality coffee beans. The shop is pristine with a lovely aesthetic. The best part about the shop is that they really are interested in educating folks about coffee and their process. They have cuppings on Fridays that are open to the public. Bottom line, the coffee is amazing.
Investing // Kendall: I’ve been maxing out my retirement contributions for 3 years now. Under my current employer our benefit plan provides 100% investment responsibility to the employees. There is no portfolio of investments for us to choose from, the world of bonds, equities and whatever else comes to mind is ours to experiment with. A plus to some… completely overwhelming to me. About a third of my retirement savings have been sitting in un-invested cash for many months now. FAIL. This past week I finally kicked it into gear and starting using the many resources that Charles Schwab has available to its account holders. I’m not yet ready to seek out an adivisor. I CAN DO THIS! Time to tune in and realize some ROI.
Truce Juice // Allie: I’ve recently started a love affair with Truce Juice. It’s kitty corner to my apartment so it’s almost impossible to ignore the beautiful branding, the fresh pressed juice and the delicious acai bowls every morning on my way to work. After turning 30 and hearing numerous reports on how sitting all day at work is literally cutting years off my life, I’ve decided to devote some serious time and effort into my daily health routine. Just after two weeks of replacing my lunch with the Morning Greens juice, I already have more energy, I feel sharper at work and I’ve even been sleeping better!
The room that I spent most my childhood was a little girl’s dream. The walls were artistically covered in soft pink and rose colored paint strokes. It was whimsical. Pretty little white frames held sweet images of flowers and Precious Moments characters. When I was an obnoxious pre-teen that thought she knew every thing about this world, I had the faces of boy bands plastered over the little girl pink walls. But even at that age, I was careful only to collect and display the best posters.
Quiet can be a reprieve from the crazy world. It can provide solace and comfort. Between words said, it can say the things that cannot be spoken. It is sometimes heavy and laced with dread, panic. It can be the answer and the unfulfilled question.
As mentioned many moons ago, five to be exact, I had intentions of sharing the splendors of Lake Tahoe.
Splendor #1. WEST SHORE MARKET (more…)